Holy Rasool ﷺ knows!

Definition of Ghayb

The (literal) meaning of the word “Ghayb” is a concealed thing. Ghayb is something that is hidden from us and we cannot know it by means of our five senses, i.e. seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching. Moreover, it cannot be comprehended by thinking and pondering. (Summarised from: Tafseer Baydawi, vol. 1, pp. 114) For example, Heaven and Hell etc., are Ghayb for us at the present time because we cannot know them with our senses (i.e. eyes, nose, ears, etc.).

Belief

Allah Almighty has blessed our Beloved Nabi صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ with the knowledge of the period from the first day to the last. Allah Almighty has blessed the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ with all the knowledge mentioned in the Lawh-e-Mahfuz. Moreover, Allah Almighty has blessed the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ with enormously wide and vast knowledge about His Being and Attributes. Allah Almighty has blessed the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ with ‘Uloom-e-Khamasah’ [عُلُومِ خمسہ] including the knowledge of the specific time of the Judgement Day. The Greatest Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ has been blessed with the knowledge of the affairs of all living and non living beings as well as the knowledge of ‘مَا کَانَ(i.e. whatever has happened) and ‘مَا یَکُوْنُ’ (i.e. whatever will happen). But in spite of this, the knowledge of our Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ is Haadis [حَادِث] because it has been bestowed by Allah Almighty; whereas Allah Almighty has knowledge all by Himself and His knowledge is Qadeem [قَدِیْم]. The knowledge of the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ is not at all equal to that of Allah Almighty. (Maqalaat-e-Kaazimi, vol. 2, pp. 111; summarised)

Completion of the knowledge of the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ

Remember! The knowledge of our Beloved Nabi صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ continued to increase as the Holy Quran was revealed. At last, when the revelation of the entire Quran was completed, the knowledge of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ was also completed. A’la Hadrat رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ stated: On the basis of the Qat’iyyah Ayahs of the Holy Quran, I have proved that, by gradually revealing the Holy Quran within the period of 23 years, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has blessed His Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ with the knowledge of ‘جَمِیْع مَاکَانَ وَ مَایَکُوْن’, i.e. the knowledge of everything from the first day to the last. (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 29, pp. 512)

Few important clarifications

Keep in mind few clarifications regarding the Ghayb-knowledge of our Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ. اِنْ شَآءَ اللہ عَزَّوَجَلَّ, any satanic whispers regarding the Ghayb-knowledge of the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ will be removed. Imam-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ stated:

 1 Without doubt, anyone other than Allah cannot have even an iota of knowledge all by himself. This is one of the Zaruriyat-e-Deen [necessities of Islam]. One who denies it is a disbeliever (i.e. if a person believes that anyone other than Allah has even an iota of knowledge without being granted by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, then such a person is not a Muslim).

 2 Between the Divine knowledge and the combined knowledge of all formers and latters people, of Ambiya and Mursaleen, of angels there is even no such comparison as is the comparison between millions of seas and a billionth drop of water! All of those seas and a billionth drop of water are both limited; and something limited is certainly compared with another limited thing but the knowledge of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ is limitless and boundless. Even if the knowledge of creatures encompass the ‘Arsh, the earth, the east, the west and the entire universe from the first day to the last, but still the knowledge of creatures is limited. The ‘Arsh and the earth are two limits; similarly, the first day and the last one are also two limits. And anything within two limits is limited.

 3 [Given here is a summary of what A’la Hadrat رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ wrote]: In fact, the knowledge of Allah Almighty is limitless and boundless. Hence it is impossible for creatures to be granted all of the Divine knowledge. Therefore, when all the combined knowledge of all creatures cannot even be compared with the Divine knowledge in any way, so, مَعَاذَاللہِ, how can the knowledge of creatures be equal to that of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ? One cannot even think of it!

 4 There is consensus on the fact that blessed Ambiya عَلَیْہِ السَّلَام have knowledge of a large number of Ghayb-related matters. This is also one of the Zaruriyat-e-Deen [necessities of Islam]. One who denies it is a disbeliever because he is actually denying Nubuwwah.

 5 There is also consensus on the fact that the share of this great Divine favour granted to Muhammad-ur-Rasoolullah صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ is perfect and greater than those of all Ambiya عَلَیْہِ السَّلَام and everyone in the universe. By the bestowment of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the most Beloved Nabi صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ has the knowledge of so many matters of Ghayb that it is only Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ Who knows them. (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 29, pp. 450, 451; summarised)

A faith-refreshing narration

Sayyiduna Anas Bin Maalik رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ stated: After the sun started declining, the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ came out, offered Salat-uz-Zuhr, and, standing on the pulpit, he صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ mentioned the Judgement Day and said, ‘Great matters are related to it’. Then he صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ said, ‘One who wants to ask me about anything, he may do so. And whatever you ask me, I will tell it to you at this place.’ Upon this, people started crying uncontrollably. They cried very much and the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ kept saying again and again, ‘Ask me’. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin Huzaafah [حُذَافَہ] Sahmi رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ stood up and humbly said, ‘Who is my father?’ He صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ replied, ‘Your father is Huzaafah.’ Then he صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ kept saying again and again, ‘Ask me’. Sayyiduna ‘Umar Farooq-e-A’zam رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ knelt and humbly said, ‘We are pleased that Allah Almighty is our Lord, Islam is our religion and Muhammad Mustafa صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ is our Nabi.’ The Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ became silent. Then he صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ said, ‘Heaven and Hell have just been presented to me in the corner of this wall. I have not seen such a good thing and such a bad thing.’ (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 1, pp. 200, Hadees 540)

Read about the Ghayb-knowledge of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ in the light of the Holy Quran and blessed Ahadees in the next month issue.

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